Transcript: Press briefing remarks by John Boehner after White House meeting – Oct. 10, 2013 (AM)

Partial transcript of  remarks by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) following a meeting with President Barack Obama in the White House to discuss the government shutdown and debt ceiling. The AM press briefing was held on Oct. 10, 2013:

You know the President responded in saying that no one gets everything they want in a negotiation, and frankly, I agree with that. Nobody gets everything they want. But over the course of the last 10 days, we’ve been trying to have conversations with our Democratic colleagues. They don’t want to talk. The President doesn’t want to talk. We tried to offer bills that would re-open parts of the government only to have them rejected by our counterparts in the United States Senate.

So what we’re going to do is to offer the President the ability to move a temporary increase in the debt ceiling, an agreement to go to conference on the budget…to sit down and discuss with us a way forward to re-open the government and to start to deal with America’s pressing problems.

Listen, it’s time for leadership. It’s time for these negotiations and this conversation to begin. And I would hope that the President would look at this as an opportunity and a good faith effort on our part to move halfway – halfway to what he’s demanded – in order to have these conversations begin.

Question:
Now that you’re taking this plan on the debt ceiling, what do you need in order to re-open the full government?

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio):
That’s a conversation we’re going to have with the President today, and I don’t want to put anything on the table and I don’t want to take anything off the table. That’s why we want to have this conversation.

Question:
[Inaudible]…doing this will prevent us from being in the exact same place?

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio):
Well, clearly, you could end up back in the same place and we don’t want to be there. You know, I think the President wants to deal with America’s pressing problems just as much as we do. But in order to deal with these pressing problems, we’ve got to sit down and have a conversation that leads to a negotiation that begins to solve these problems for the future and for, frankly, our kids and our grandkids.

Question:
…Will you re-open the government if the President doesn’t agree to do anything to change Obamacare?

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio):
“Ifs” and “buts” were candy and nuts, everyday would be Christmas. [Laughter]

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